National Advance Care Planning Day was a huge success across Fraser Health!

Employees and volunteers wore over 600 “Ask me about ACP” stickers during the week of April 13, 2015 to celebrate National Advance Care Planning Day. Almost 500 posters and 400 bookmarks were provided throughout the region. All Mayors and MLAs were provided with resources.

Colleen Rush, Education Coordinator for the Chilliwack Hospice Society, supported their staff and volunteers at the Thrifty Boutique to hand out Advance Care Planning information to customers. She shared with us that “50 people asked questions about it – so that is wonderful news!”

Ridge Meadows Hospital social workers had a display and handed out materials to employees, patients and families. Dr. Amyeen Hassanali, Medical Coordinator for Ridge Meadows Hospital, shared with us his wish for Advance Care Planning discussions to take place sooner, in the community, rather than later, in the Emergency Room:

Today is the perfect day for a talk In addition to having a display and handing out materials, Eagle Ridge Hospital social workers also talked about Advance Care Planning at Interdisciplinary Rounds and reiterated the role of social work in the process.

An education session was held and attended by Fraser Health clinicians, contracted residential services, licensing officers and researchers from the BC Centre of Palliative Care. Feedback included “I’ve been exposed to ACP info in bits and pieces. It was so valuable to have such a thorough overview in such a clear manner.” Another participant encouraged colleagues to take the course and share their thoughts, “In addition to giving me knowledge that I might be able to use to help others in my professional role, the workshop had an impact on me personally and has resulted already in me taking steps in my personal life to have my own ACP more well thought-out and taken care of.”

Pharmacies also took part this year. Thanks to Save-on, Shoppers Drug Mart, PharmaSave and London Drugs in Maple Ridge as well as Medical Pharmacies in Burnaby.

Resources are added regularly to the web site. New videos are available in English, Chinese and soon, Punjabi. Check out the available resources.

A big thank you to colleagues, Jan Jensen and Joanne Terry, for sharing stories with us. You are an inspiration to all! Stories are published here, have a look !